EU: Challenge climate of repression in China

The EU must show its support for all of those human rights defenders, lawyers and others who peacefully exercise their rights in China

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

MEDIA ADVISORY

1 June 2017

EU: Challenge climate of repression in China

·         Amnesty International will participate in a demonstration to call on EU leaders to step up engagement with China on human rights

·         Spokespeople available

Ahead of the EU-China summit taking place in Brussels tomorrow, Iverna McGowan, Director of the Amnesty International, European Institutions Office said:

“Almost 28 years to the day after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, people in China are still being oppressed for speaking about what happened. The EU must show its support for all of those human rights defenders, lawyers and others who peacefully exercise their rights in China, by taking up their cases with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his colleagues at the summit.”

“We are demonstrating outside this summit to call for EU countries to speak clearly and with one voice to condemn China’s gross and systematic violations of human rights including an ongoing crackdown on civil society and the use of the death penalty, executing more people than any other country worldwide.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Alison Abrahams on aabrahams@amnesty.eu +32 2 548 27 73 or +32 483 680 812

The demonstration will take place from 10.30 – 12.00 on petite rue de la Loi (between Rondpoint Schuman and Parc Cinquantenaire).

Joint civil society letter to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Vice-President for Foreign Affairs ahead of EU-China summit